The Social and Behavioral Sciences are a cluster of disciplines that analyze basic
dimensions of the human world through the application of systematic methods. Social
scientists study an array of topics and deploy a multitude of theories and research
methods collecting and analyzing data from participant observations, group interviews,
surveys, historical documents, laboratory experiments, and more. Students who earn
an AA in the Social and Behavioral Sciences analyze and evaluate the social world
from the perspectives of anthropology, communication studies, economics, geography,
history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.
The degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences prepares students for a variety of careers related to education, law, social work, business, politics, and human services.
The Interdisciplinary Studies major is designed for students pursuing broad areas of study and exploration in an area of emphasis as described below. Option 1 enables students to complete the requirements for the Associate Degree.
Option 1: Cañada College Pattern
Provides an opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, which covers a broad area of study and is intended for students who may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university.
A. Complete basic competencies, including 2 units of Physical Education activity courses, and specific areas (A, B, C, D, E) of the General Education requirements for the AA/AS degree (19 units).
B. Complete 18 units in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Area of Emphasis as shown below.
C. Select 23 degree applicable units in consultation with a counselor to fulfill lower-division preparation and/or electives and complete the required 60 degree applicable units for an Associate Degree.
Interdisciplinary Studies with Areas of Emphasis (AA) Requirements
|Social and Behavioral Sciences. Courses must be selected from at least 4 disciplines:||Units|
|ANTH 110||Cultural Anthropology||3 units|
|ANTH 125||Physical Anthropology||3 units|
|ANTH 126||Physical Anthropology Laboratory||1 unit|
|ANTH 351||Archaeology||3 units|
|COMM 110||Public Speaking||3 units|
|COMM 150||Intercultural Communication||3 units|
|COMM 180||Introduction to Communication Studies||3 units|
|ECON 100||Principles of Macro Economics||3 units|
|ECON 102||Principles of Micro Economics||3 units|
|ECON 230||Economic History of the United States||3 units|
|GEOG 110||Cultural Geography||3 units|
|HIST 100||History of Western Civilization I||3 units|
|HIST 101||History of Western Civilization II||3 units|
|HIST 104||World History I||3 units|
|HIST 106||World History II||3 units|
|HIST 201||U.S. History through 1877||3 units|
|HIST 202||U.S. History from 1877 to the Present||3 units|
|PHIL 100||Introduction to Philosophy||3 units|
|PHIL 160||History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval||3 units|
|PHIL 190||Contemporary Philosophy||3 units|
|PHIL 240||Introduction to Ethics||3 units|
|PHIL 300||Introduction to World Religions||3 units|
|PLSC 130||Introduction to International Relations||3 units|
|PLSC 150||Introduction to Political Theory||3 units|
|PLSC 210||American Politics||3 units|
|PLSC 310||California State and Local Government||3 units|
|PLSC 320||Latin American Politics||3 units|
|PSYC 100||General Psychology||3 units|
|PSYC 106||Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination||3 units|
|PSYC 200||Developmental Psychology||3 units|
|PSYC 205||Social Science Research Methods||3 units|
|PSYC 300||Social Psychology||3 units|
|PSYC 340||Introduction to Human Sexuality||3 units|
|PSYC 410||Abnormal Psychology||3 units|
|SOCI 100||Introduction to Sociology||3 units|
|SOCI 105||Social Problems||3 units|
|SOCI 141||Ethnicity and Race in Society||3 units|
|SOCI 205||Social Science Research Methods||3 units|
Refer to Option 1 listed above for information on additional degree requirements that
must be fulfilled in order to complete the total of 60 transferable, degree applicable
units for an Associate Degree.
Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.